May 10, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Justin Allgaier (51) and David Gilliland (38) wreck during the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

No Sprint Showdown for Justin Allgaier


Not all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers get to race in the Sprint All-Star race. After all, it is a race, primarily, for race winners from the previous season and up-to-this point in the current season. There are a few spots in the back of the field available, though, for the winner of a fan popularity vote and the top-two finishers in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown.

One driver that’s not going to try on Friday night to race his way into Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 51 Chevrolet of HScott Motorsports.

“For us, being a small independent team, obviously, points races are our focus,” Allgaier told a group of reporters at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday.

The Series will host its first of two Sprint Cup points-paying races the following weekend (May 25) — the Coca-Cola 600. Allgaier and company will be entered in that race.

Allgaier and HScott Motorsports have struggled, so far, this season. Wrecks at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway the last two race weekends and have left the race team with a lot of damage to repair.

“It’s like, this week (All-Star week), there’s a lot higher risk of damage and getting something torn up,” Allgaier said. “I think this is the best move we can make as a company, hit the reset button and refocus on next week. Obviously, points racing is where we are looking at the most.”

Speaking of points, Allgaier is 29th in the Sprint Cup points standings after 11 races.

According to Allgaier, the team isn’t already running out of fixed, ready-to-car race cars. But the team does want to make sure that doesn’t happen down the road.

“It wasn’t that we weren’t ready or didn’t have the equipment to come here,” Allgaier said. “We just wanted to make sure we focused on the races that were most important and five or six or event 10 weeks for now we’re not in a scramble trying to fix wrecked race cars.”

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